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Ankle Sprain (cont.)

Ankle Sprain Diagnosis

The doctor will perform a physical exam to see if a fracture or other serious injury has happened that requires immediate care.

  • The examination should check that the nerves or arteries to the foot have not been injured and that the knee or the rest of the leg is not involved.


    • The doctor will handle and move the foot and ankle to determine what bony areas are involved.


    • The Achilles tendon will be checked for signs of rupture.


  • X-rays are often needed to confirm if a fracture is present. In some cases of fracture, a CT scan may be needed.

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